Can I have cataract surgery if I have other diseases?
Cataract surgery is avoided during episodes of acute illness like fever, infections, cough and cold. Patients with well controlled diabetes and hypertension (blood pressure) can easily undergo cataract surgery. Patients with advances diseases of the heart, lungs, kidney, liver or any other organ need to have a detailed examination and clearance from their respective physicians to undergo surgery.

If I have cataract in both eyes can I have both eyes operated on the same day?
Although both eyes can be operated on the same day, most surgeons prefer to keep a gap of at least a week between the surgeries of the 2 eyes. However, exceptions can be made as per the need of the patient and each individual case.

How long do I have to be in the hospital after the surgery?
Patients typically have to spend only a few hours at the hospital and are allowed to go home in the afternoon.

How long after surgery will I be able to see again?
Every patient and every eye is different, but most patients typically see well enough to drive only a day after surgery. The doctor can tell how quickly he or she expects you to recover.

How many days after the surgery can I return to normal activities?
Most patients can resume basic activities like reading and watching TV the day after surgery, and can usually return to work within two to seven days. It is advisable to avoid any strenuous activity for two or more weeks. Results vary by patients; however, so ask your doctor what’s best for you.

Will I have to wear glasses after cataract surgery?
Usually most of the activities of daily living can be carried out without glasses after cataract surgery. If a Monofocal IOL has been implanted in your eye, you will have excellent distance vision but may need to wear glasses to see fine print in books and papers or to do other activities at near distance. Same is true for Toric Monofocals IOLs. With plain Multifocals and Toric Multifocals a person can lead a more spectacle independent life and is able to perform almost all the tasks of near and distance vision without glasses.

Will I get cataract again after surgery?
Once a cataract has been removed, it cannot return. However, after some time, patients may notice that their vision has once again become blurred. This condition is known as a secondary cataract or posterior capsular opacification (PCO) and can occur after cataract surgery with any type of IOL. It can be easily treated with a simple laser procedure performed in the clinic.

Can the IOL be replaced if it doesn't work properly?
It’s very unlikely that the implanted IOL won’t function properly. However, it can be replaced with a different one if necessary. Your surgeon will usually take a decision regarding such an exchange if required.

What precautions should I take after surgery?
Refraining from rubbing your eye or engaging in any strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery and using the eye drops as prescribed usually suffices as precautions after the surgery. However, as each case is different, one should ask the doctor about any additional precautions if required.

Who should I call if I have a problem after surgery?
Consult your doctor immediately if you have any issues, particularly if you experience decreased vision or increased redness and pain. Do not postpone this consultation as it may be sight threatening. Ask your doctor whether there are emergency services available in his clinic if you need to call upon him after office hours.